Pfizer customers contribute to FFA and AABP scholarships in 2011
February 24, 2011
MADISON, NJ – Pfizer Animal Health announces the return of the FFA and American Association of Bovine Practitioners (AABP) Foundation Support Program, which has resulted in more than $2.38 million in contributions to local FFA chapters and veterinary student scholarships since its inception in 2008.
Eligible accounts completing an enrollment form by May 6, 2011, will receive a 1 percent rebate on all Pfizer Animal Health cattle products, excluding MGA® purchases, from Feb. 1 to April 30, 2011. The rebate can be donated to either the local FFA chapter(s) of their choice or to the AABP Foundation – Pfizer Animal Health Veterinary Student Scholarship Fund.
“Connecting FFA members with their local veterinarians is incredibly valuable in educating them about the animal health industry,” said Will Fett, regional director, National FFA Foundation. “This program also provides local FFA chapters with funds for traveling to educational and leadership seminars. This has been an excellent program, and we look forward to continuing it.”
In previous years, more than 1,100 veterinarians, animal health suppliers and dealers from across the country participated in the FFA/AABP Foundation Support Program, which is part of Pfizer Animal Health’s Commitment to Veterinarians, an initiative supporting veterinarians through training and education, research and development, and investment in the future of the veterinary profession.
“The AABP Foundation – Pfizer Animal Health Veterinary Student Scholarships will help ease some of the financial burdens recent graduates take with them into practice,” said M. Gatz Riddell Jr., DVM, executive vice president, AABP. “By targeting students with a proven interest in food animal practice, these scholarships allow more students to enter the field of their choice than ever before. These scholarships should also help address the need for more veterinarians in rural veterinary practice.”
Support for the FFA and AABP Foundation help support the future of agriculture, stated Julian Garcia, group director, U.S. Cattle Marketing, Pfizer Animal Health.
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“Our support to both organizations helps honor the assistance and encouragement many of our team members at Pfizer Animal Health received when they were students,” Garcia says. “Many of us at Pfizer Animal Health have been directly involved with these organizations, and now is our chance to work with our veterinary clinic, dealer and distributor partners to give back. In turn, we are supporting the next generation of our industry.”